How to fix Windows Defender service won’t start on Windows 10

Windows Defender is more than an anti-virus app. It provides lots of other protections as well such as ransomware protection, browser-based protection against malicious websites, and on-demand file scans.  In order to do all this, it runs several underlying services. These services start automatically if Windows Defender is enabled. A user generally does not need […]

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How to remove PUA:Win32/Presenoker on Windows 10

Windows Defender blocks all sorts of threats on your system. In some cases, it will identify the threat for what it is e.g. a trojan or an app having trojan-like behavior.  One type of threat that Windows Defender identifies is a PUA. A PUA is a potentially unwanted app. It’s not explicitly dangerous but you […]

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How to fix “SmartScreen can’t be reached right now” on Windows 10

Windows 10 proactively scans for and blocks threats to a system. It does this by scanning files that are downloaded or apps that are run. If you have browser control enabled in Windows Defender, malicious files that you download will be scanned and blocked before you can even look at them. Windows 10 will check […]

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How to scan a file or folder with Windows Defender on Windows 10

Windows Defender has always-on protection; every time a new file is downloaded or copied, or saved to your system, Windows Defender will scan it right away. This is why, when you download a file, the anti-virus is able to immediately alert you if it’s malicious and quarantine it right away. Some users do not like […]

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How to fix ‘Potentially unwanted app found’ message on Windows 10

Windows Defender will block malicious apps even if you allow them to run from the UAC prompt. For some apps though, those that it isn’t entirely sure about or that are generally safe but can be used maliciously, it flags as Potentially unwanted apps. It issues a warning. The Windows Defender icon in the system […]

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